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The International Children's Art Exhibition in New York

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The International Children's Exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of Avant-garde

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The International Children's Exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of UNOVIS (Utverditeli novogo iskusstva - Champions of New Art), created in People’s Art School in Vitebsk on February 14, 1920. The group of teachers and students was built around the most radical trend of the Avant-garde - Suprematism invented by Kazimir Malevich, and their collective work impregnated the visual culture of the 20th and 21st centuries, foreshadowing not only modern architecture, but also conceptual art, urbanism, cosmism and environmental thinking.

Today, young talents from USA, the UK, Israel, Poland, Spain, Austria, Latvia, Moldova, Republic of Cyprus, Armenia, Antigua and Barbuda, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia and Belarus pay tribute to the outstanding and unique legacy of Unovis and of the Vitebsk People’s Art School that was founded by Mark Chagall, who called himself the "pilot of painting" and "infringer of gravitation", and whose metaphorical flight over the roofs of his native Vitebsk anticipated the systematic attempt of Unovis cosmism to overcome gravity and go further, disrupting the usual “logic” and perceived order of the objective world.

Presented works demonstrate the effect of children's art education based on this powerful heritage, paying attention to the definitions of form, color, artistic quality and encouraging creative expression that goes beyond borders, exploring the links between art, architecture, design and science. Building upon this heritage exposes the roots of modern visual culture and makes children proud and confident in their search of new ways in art also being inspired by what Vitebsk teenagers accomplished 100 years ago.

We invite you to explore the world via children's paintings that are based on a journey to a magical world of imagination, which traces the current conversations about the role of art and nature in our society, offers us to rethink the urgent need for art education for children, which best prepares them for profound transformations in the society of the future.

Dr. Regina Khidekel

http://www.russianamericanculture.com/events/exhibitions/100th-anniversary-of-vitebsk-art-school-1919-2019-modern-art-and-suprematism/

https://www.facebook.com/events/789211321542431/

https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2019/11/30/international-childrens-art-exhibition-opening-event

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